MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT NOBEL PRIZE SURPRISE
According to Twitter,
The #NobelPrize committee couldn't reach Paul Milgrom to share the news that he won, so his fellow winner and neighbor Robert Wilson knocked on his door in the middle of the night. pic.twitter.com/MvhxZcgutZ— Stanford University (@Stanford) October 12, 2020
Comment thread is here,
SOCIAL SECURITY 2021 COLA increase
Last week, the Social Security Administration announced there will be a 1.3 percent cost-of-living (COLA) increase for Social Security beneficiaries beginning in January 2021.
In addition, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $142,800 from $137,700. But wait, there's more.
”For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2021 are announced in December.”
That is, the new Part B premium amount is not available until then. You can read more here.
According to CNBC, some House lawmakers are proposing an emergency three percent Social Security COLA (in place of the 1.3 percent announced). This is just me talking, but I wouldn't count on it.
MAN SHELTERS 300 ANIMALS IN HOME DURING HURRICANE DELTA
”Hurricane Delta put everyone on high alert, including Ricardo Pimentel. He works in an animal sanctuary called Tierra de Animales in Mexico. He knew that he needed to protect the animals living there, so Ricardo did everything he could to ensure their safety during the hurricane.
“However, Ricardo knew that all the animals wouldn’t fit in the shelter and that the building wasn’t hurricane-proof, so he took the dogs, the cats, and other animals and brought them into his own home. There were about 300 animals in his house during the hurricane. Ricardo had a lot of food and other necessities prepared for the animals, so everything went smoothly.”
There are a lot more photos of the doggos, kitties, chickens and more at Bored Panda.
BULL REDUCED TO BEING GLORIFIED GOAT CLIMBING FRAME
Friend and TGB reader John Gear sent this sad outcome. Or, maybe the bull is enjoying himself.
Previously an imposing, feared and respected leader of the farm, all of this hard-won status tragically evaporated, once he was demoted to what amounts to a glorified goats climbing frame... pic.twitter.com/4Sc9NiAOJW— Dick King-Smith HQ (@DickKingSmith) October 10, 2020
WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO GROW THIS YEAR?
TGB reader Joared of Along the Way sent us this gem which, she says, she stole from WiseWomanWeb.
FOOD STORAGE HACKS
I don't know if any of these actually help food last longer but some of them seem worth a try.Freeze And Preserve Fresh Herbs In Olive Oil
The herbs will infuse the oil while freezing, and the ice cubes are very handy for cooking: just pop one out and use as the base of a dish. Works best with rosemary, sage, thyme, and oregano. Dill, basil, and mint should always be used fresh
Wrap The Crown Of A Bunch Of Bananas With Plastic Wrap
They'll keep for 3-5 days longer than usual, which is especially helpful if you eat organic bananas. Bananas also produce more ethelyne gas than any other fruit, so keep them isolated on the counter
The are a whole lot more food preserving hacks at Bored Panda.
BEARS FALLING OFF BROOKS FALLS
This time of year I usually publish live video of the bears at these falls catching salmon before their winter hibernation.
This time someone recorded a few of the difficulties they bears run into:
”While some bears make fishing on the lip of Brooks Falls look easy, others find holding their balance a bit more difficult. From Lefty's belly flop to Grazer chasing after her clumsy cubs, we've had many laughs watching over the years.”
My friend Jim Stone sent this video.
LOTSA LOTSA ANIMAL LOVE
From TGB reader Judy Carrino/
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